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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Fashion: Summer Black

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Frankie Graddon's post for The Pool about The joy of wearing black in summer - in fact I couldn't agree more with her opening statement "Because summertime doesn't always have to mean bright colours and florals".

Why is it the minute the sun starts to shine, for some, this simply means losing all sense of style!  It's fine if the colours suit you and it's fine if the print or floral enhances your outfit - but let's be honest we can all point fingers daily where the thought in your head is "did they look in the mirror before leaving?".


Black - love it or hate it - oozes sophistication. And I personally think there is no better time to wear it, than summer.  Choose the right fabrics, the right accessories and it ticks all the boxes for me and it's complete tosh that it makes you warmer, being in direct sunlight makes you hot regardless of what colour you are wearing!




Sparkly sandals - The Forge Boutique from Berkhamsted



My top tips on wearing summer black:

  • Wear it from head to toe - no contrasting colours please ;)
  • Keep accessories to a minimum - I personally think wearing silver or gold depending on what suits your natural colourings is best
  • Make-up is essential - go for a bright lipstick; the natural look is fine for beach but it's a big no for a girlie lunch or a shopping
  • Sunglasses - black tint only avoid brown or grey tint as it just doesn't finish the look
  • And according to Frankie's post it also hides the sweat patches - bonus!




Here's how the celebs are wearing summer black...

Well you know I love a jumpsuit (you'll see mine at the end of this post) Cindy Crawford and her daughter looking cool in theirs.


Image: @cindycrawford



Mother-to-be Kate Waterhouse is looking fantastic in her summer black glam, extra points earned here as it's maternity wear!!



Image: @katewaterhouse7



Sasha Wilkins wore a gorgeous lace dress to the races last week - F a b u l o u s



Image: @libertylndngirl


Elle Macphearson tends to wear the same colour head to toe anyway, so this could mean all black or all white etc.  Here's a great summer black shot



Image: @ellemacphersonofficial



Here's me in my summer black jumpsuit - such an simple outfit to wear.  I spent a few days in Italy last week and this garment was so... easy-pack, easy-wear and easy-glam.  I purchased it from Gap in spring, unfortunately I can't see it on the website, but you never know it may still be in the shops?!








Friday, 15 July 2016

5 mins for...

It's been a while since I've blogged about forthcoming events or lifestyle news.

This is the time where you need to put your feet up, grab some tea (or wine) and have a little read of the following snippets.

Enjoy

xx





At the V&A their are exhibiting Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear which features over 200 examples of men and ladies underwear from innovation to luxury. Exhibition includes current designers like Stella McCartney and Rigby & Peller, the exhibition explores the relationship between underwear and fashion. On until 12th March 2017.






London Fashion Weekend is the event that the public can go to that follows directly after London Fashion Week, a bi-annual show that's on 22nd-25th September at Saatchi Gallery, I've not been to this location before for @LFWEnd but I am sure it will be perfect!  I highly recommend if you're going to invest in good tickets, the basics cover next to nothing and to ensure you have fun, you need to join in!




I'm a huge fan of Instagram, what better way the to peek into people's lives - so creative and lots of fun.  You can follow me here @LovedbyLizzi - Some of my favourite ladies to follow (for no particular reason are:  @carolineflemmingoffical / @davinalpmccall /  @sarahharrisuk  and @daphneselfe







A great article by Elle for The Coveteur - she talks about well-being starts from the inside-out and the importance of looking after your own mental health.  She offers daily tips on how you can incorporate them into your busy day.  I did publish this on my FB page, but if you missed it, click here to read.









Sara Donaldson, blogger of Harper and Harley has wrote a great piece about wearing oversized garments - this trend can look very sexy or unfortunately can make you look very frumpy!!  Here she advises about balance, showing skin and making sure your garments have structure.  Have a read here.



And finally a date for your diary! St Albans Fashion Week will be returning 24th-30th October, once events are published I'll let you know more!





Tuesday, 12 July 2016

One 2 Watch: Victoria Beckham's Top 10 Fashion Tips

Style tips are everywhere and it can be difficult to know what to follow and what not too.

As a huge fan of VB I frequently watch her films on YouTube and I came across this little number, and I have to say I agree with most of her tips, apart from the one where she advises to over-pack for travelling - she clearly doesn't have to worry about carrying her own case or paying for extra luggage!!

She suggests to invest in key pieces such as jeans, crisp white shirt and a tailored jacket - which reminds me that I need to reinvest in a new white shirt as they can dull after a fair amount of use.

Keep accessories simple - a must, I think there is nothing worse than over-jangling, fussy jewellery - keep the size of your jewellery in proportion to the size of yourself - if you have a small neckline then a large necklace is going to silly.

Enjoy getting ready - I couldn't agree more with VB, I actually sometime prefer this to the event I'm going to!!  Preparing your outfit, getting your hair done, doing your make-up is such a big part of the process of a girls night out, I always allow plenty of "getting ready" time.

For those who receive this by e-mail, you'll need to click here to view film.


Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Trevi Fountain - Per amore della moda

One of my most favourite places in the world, is the city of Rome.  And my most favourite place in Rome is the Trevi Fountain, but at night.

You can imagine my disappointment this week when I visited that I couldn't see all of the fountain or throw a coin into it as there was building work going on!!!  With no signs up to say why, it was a little frustrating to say the least.

And then I spotted on Instagram that Fendi had used it to showcase their Autumn/Winter collection for 2017 and to celebrate their brand being 90 years old - and so now that I know it was for Fashion, I don't mind!


Photo: FatalefashionIII


Fendi have invested over £2m since 2014 in restoring the Trevi Fountain, and so it only seems fitting that they can then use it.  The full film below not only highlights the best features of my favourite fountain, but the see-through catwalk floor makes the models look like they are floating on water.  The show is stunning, the only thing I didn't really enjoy was the music, I think it was a little odd in places.




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Model Kendall Jenner leads the girls at the beginning of the show, the collection itself is beautiful. Fendi renowned for their fur and leather, include a lot of fur trimmings alongside a continual floral theme. I love the colours of pink and red flowers mixing with a variety of green floating fabrics - a wonderful collection for next Winter.  Each model wears thee amazing high-heeled boots, I particular like the white ones, very sexy and different.

I also like the cloaks, if you watch the film all the way through, my favourite is the first model that comes on for the final walk through - it's absolutely stunning.

What a very special night - and all for the love of fashion!



A window display in Rome of Fendi - @Lovedbylizzi on Instagram

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Lunchtime Glam: Salmon and Gnocchi Salad



I've cooked from a very young age and I sometimes forget that some people don't find cooking that easy or perhaps lack the creativity to simply throw something together.

Salad is my usual option when lunching at home; and when I make a warm or cold salad, rarely are two ever the same!!

Nearly everyone nowadays is looking for the healthy option, but sometimes a healthy option can leave you feeling hungry.  Which is why I hardly ever have a salad that doesn't include carbs.  Gnocchi is a quick and easy one to add to a warm salad and you only need a few to ensure that you don't head for the biscuits a couple of hours later.

Gnocchi whilst made of potatoe is not gluten free, but if you are sensitive to gluten then there are "free from" available in supermarkets.  You also do not need to boil Gnocchi before adding to the wok, you simply stir-fry them for a good 5 mins before adding in your veg.

As for the salmon - why make life hard work - simply buy a pre-cooked Salmon which is flavoured to your liking.

In this particular salad, I've opted for:

  • Handful of Gnocchi
  • Half pack of edamame beans (I can only find these to purchase from Tesco)
  • A third of a courgette sliced
  • Handful of pitted black and green olives
  • 4-5 Brussel Sprouts
  • 4-5 Cherry tomatoes
  • Big handful of sliced greens
  • 5-10 big leaves from a fresh basil plant - I always have a plant of Basil in the kitchen (cannot live without!!)
  • Chilli flavoured salmon piece - of which I personally remove the skin


Method

  1. Heat wok and add a some Olive oil
  2. Then add Gnocchi and cook for 5 mins, stir frequently
  3. Get all you veg ready and add the edamame beans, olives, brussel spouts and cherry tomatoes and stir - allow to cook for around 2-3 minutes
  4. Grind black pepper all over and stir
  5. Then add the sliced greens and basil leaves, after 1 minute remove and add to dish
  6. Place salmon on top
  7. Eat immediately


And enjoy x





Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Lunch with Lizzi

This is my 300th post on my blog - can you believe it?!  And there is no better way to celebrate than with a new feature - Lunch with Lizzi

I'm delighted that I am joined by fellow blogger Catherine Bruce of Style & Coach who is both a Style and Image Consultant and Life Coach.  We had a lovely lunch in the beautiful grounds of Luton Hoo, and here's what we had to talk about...





What is a day in the life of Catherine? 

Very varied, no two days are the same. I arrange my own diary around work commitments, spending time with the family, having lunch with a friend, attending business networking events or enjoying a walk, a run or a cycle ride in the lovely countryside in my home in Hertfordshire or my apartment in Harrogate. 


What has been your journey? 

I am enjoying life now as a Style and Image Consultant and Life Coach after many years as an English teacher. It's a 360 degree change but the people skills I learnt in teaching have really helped me relate to and motivate clients. That's really important for the Life Coaching side of my business. I've always loved style too and I enjoy helping others to  find theirs.


Your services offer advice on styling and on life coaching - what made you join the two together? 

If you're confident and happy with how you look on the outside but not happy with what's going on inside, you can't be really happy and at peace with yourself and vice versa.  The two are so interchangeable and I love it that I can offer professional help with both if my clients want it. 


What's the best part of what you do? 

Seeing people change for the better, inside and out. 


And what's the worst? 

The effort of marketing myself! 


What do YOU get out of taking someone personal shopping? 

Seeing someone try something on they never would have considered and finding they love it. There's no better feeling than seeing clients' confidence in themselves soar when I've helped them find the clothes that make them look and feel as good as they do. 


You've taken a few ladies shopping in preparation for a wedding - what advice do you have for a soon-to-be bride? 

Understand your body shape first, then go with a personal shopper who can guide you to the styles of bridal gowns  that really enhance your shape. I see too many brides bursting out of ill fitting, unflattering dresses. 


And what tips do you have a someone who is trying to buy an outfit as a guest to a wedding? 

As above but also make sure you personalise an outfit with lovely accessories. If the worst happens and another guest is wearing your dress, then the accessories will make you look different and well put together.


How do you relax? 

Mentally by getting out in nature. Physically by reading or having a facial or massage. 


What's the best thing going on in your life right now? 

My family. 


Who's your style icon? 

Helen Mirren . She always looks amazing and understands exactly how to dress to look feminine, sexy and fabulous, especially as a mature woman.


Your a mum to four - how did you juggle everything when they were young? 

I was fortunate enough to be in position to take an 11 year career break to concentrate on being a mum. When I returned to work though, it was challenging; I used after school clubs quite a bit and got up very early in the morning to get my marking done. 


And how do you juggle it all now? 

I'm not sure I do but it's important to be organised and put 'me time' in my diary so I make sure I'm not working too hard.  I have a life coach who helps me get perspective and ensure my life's in balance. 


You have a connection with Gambia - tell us about it? 

I am voluntary secretary to www.helping-Gambia.org.uk I love the fact the charity is family run, all the money raised goes to The Gambia. The Meeks family in Hertfordshire , who started the charity have spent the last 17 years building nurseries, supporting schools  and developing a clinic and ambulances to help the poorest of people in Gambia. I loved going out there this year to do some voluntary work in the school. Anyone is welcome, we are always looking for volunteers to add whatever they can offer through helping children or fundraising here. It's safe out there and the accommodation the charity has built for volunteers is of very good standard. There are some great hotels out there too to relax in at the end of a voluntary stint, if you, like me feel the need to indulge yourself a bit.  


If someone wanted to get involved with volunteering what do they need to do? 

Please contact me - catherinetbruce @gmail.com or go onto the charity website www.helping-Gambia.org.uk to find out what's involved. 


You blogged about how there is so much colour in what they wore in Gambia - why do you think we don't adopt the same approach? 

Our climate seems to dictate our colour choices. It's dark and grey  a lot of the time in the UK so we reflect that in our clothes. Studies have shown though, that wearing colour not only brightens our mood but also shows our creativity and can lead to promotions at work. 


What three things should a professional woman own? 

A quality handbag, a wonderful haircut and a professional capsule wardrobe. You don't need loads of clothes and shoes. Investing in good quality neutral key pieces in your best colours and enlivening them with some colourful tops and accessories will give you a great working wardrobe that will transition into your social and leisure wardrobe too. 


What three things should every woman take on holiday?  

Comfortable shoes, a great dress, a beautiful pashmina. 


You look fantastic for your age - What's your secret to ageing so well? 

I'm lucky with my genes. My mother and all three of her children look younger than their age! I'm also health conscious and watch what I eat and try to exercise regularly. 


What's your favourite beauty product? 

I change a lot and don't stick to any one brand but I do like the feel and smell of anything Clarins and I love their anti ageing serum. 


How is life coaching different to counselling? 

Counselling focuses on coming to terms with events in the past. Life coaching focuses on where the client is now and what they would like to change and achieve now and in the future. 


What should someone expect from a life coaching session with you? 

A chance to express and clarify what they want to change and what's not working. Help in putting together a step by step plan to achieve new goals and dreams and help to overcome limiting beliefs that hold a person back from realising them.


Who motivates you to achieve your goals? 

My own life coach and in built desire I've always had to make the very most of the life I have and all the opportunities we have in this country to create a wonderful life. I'm especially happy when I'm helping others. 


What book do you think every woman should read? 

'Thrive'  by Adriana Huffington. It's full of ideas on what's really important in life and how to achieve it, starting with encouragement to get enough sleep! 


If you could turn back the clock to when you were 25 years old - what advice would you give yourself? 

Believe in yourself! I was full of self doubt at that age! 


And finally - what's your favourite indulgence? 

Chocolate! 




Learn more about the services Catherine provides by visiting her website - Style and Coach